Ythan Cycling Club fielded junior Craig Ward and veteran Malcolm Grant in the latest round of the Aberdeen and District Evening Road Race Series at Knockburn near Strachan.
The 36-mile road race was held on the popular Strachan, Feughside, Cairn O’Mount loop with 4 1/2 laps being contested by the 36 man field.
The usual fast start failed to split the bunch during the first few miles but after turning left at Feughside the race headed towards the lower slopes of Cairn O’Mount. Over the steep section after six miles Ward and Grant became detached from the main bunch with Ward latching onto a group of four whilst Grant was left riding solo.
A breakaway held off the main bunch with Stuart McKluskey(Dooleys Cycles) outsprinting recently crowned Scottish Veteran Champion Jamie Kennedy (Paisley Velo) with Aberdeen rider Tim Mackley (Deeside Thistle in third.
Ward and Grant worked hard around the undulating circuit to finish 30th and 34th respectively.
Last Sunday saw the running of the Coffee Pot 50-mile time trial on a new course based around the A90 at Stonehaven with Ythan represented by William Bavidge.
Granite City RT rider Keith Robertson recorded a comfortable victory beating Steve Cairns (Perth United) and Robert Brown (Sandy Wallace Cycles). Bavidge produced a strong effort to record 2 hours 8 mins 50 seconds to claim 17th place.
Tonight (Thursday) sees Grant and Ward returning to Knockburn for the penultimate round of the evening road race series with the finale on August 15 being held on the Haddo/Ythanbank/Methlick course.